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  • State tennis: Titles elude locals in Class 4A and 2A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Courtney Hebard rallied from a big deficit despite struggling with her serve to win twice Wednesday. On Thursday, the struggle continued. But not the comebacks. The Steinbrenner senior was knocked out of the Class 4A individual girls singles championship by Cypress Creek’s Alexandra Lee, 6-4, 6-3, at ...
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    Thu. April 16, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Day 1 of Class 4A, 2A action tough on local teams

    CASSELBERRY — Jesuit started fast, and the Countryside girls started late, but both will head into the final day of the Class 2A and 4A team state championships out of title contention. Academy of the Holy Names was in the middle of the pack in Class 2A, with a chance ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Academy at the Lakes duo nets first title

    State tennis: Academy at the Lakes duo nets first title CASSELBERRY — Anna Waller will be attending Steinbrenner next year, and Daniella Moreno is graduating. But before they departed Academy at the Lakes, they wanted to leave the school with a little something. Its first state championship. Mixing outstanding net play with a strong baseline and service game, the Waller-Moreno ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul

    State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky adds to title haul CASSELBERRY — Shorecrest’s Peter Litsky was ready for a long match. His opponent wasn’t. They rarely are. Playing with precision and near perfection, Litsky capped an impressive season with the Class A overall singles championship, beating Pensacola Catholic’s Christopher Ephron 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday morning at Red Bug Park. Litsky won ...
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    Wed. April 15, 2015 at 7:01 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky breaks through for title

    State tennis: Shorecrest’s Litsky breaks through for title CASSELBERRY — Since losing in last year’s district final to a player had beaten twice in the regular season, Shorecrest junior Peter Litsky has thought a lot about where he will be Wednesday morning: Playing for the Class A overall singles championship. The Charger cruised through the singles competition and ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch repeats, Armwood’s Hall wins

    State tennis: Wiregrass Ranch repeats, Armwood’s Hall wins ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — Last year, the Wiregrass Ranch boys tennis team scraped and scrapped for every point, squeezing everything it could from the hard courts at Sanlando Park to tie for the state championship. Tuesday, the Bulls made a little time for relaxing. Whipping through the singles competition and capturing ...
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    Tue. April 14, 2015 at 6:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis roundup: Wiregrass Ranch boys lead 3A

    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — It was a big day for Tampa Bay tennis players at the state championships Monday, as the Wiregrass Ranch boys put themselves in ideal position to win a second straight title, Carrollwood Day’s Jacque Fitz-Randolph looked to end her career with a singles title and Armwood’s Justin ...
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    Mon. April 13, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat

    State tennis preview: Reshuffled Wiregrass Ranch lineup looks to repeat WESLEY CHAPEL — After his most stressful week as boys tennis coach, Wiregrass Ranch’s Dave Wilson is looking forward to the state tournament despite the pressure that may come with it. The Bulls, who tied Naples Barron Collier last season for the Class 3A state championship, will be trying to ...
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    Fri. April 10, 2015 at 6:35 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Region tennis roundup: Short-handed Wiregrass Ranch prevails

    WESLEY CHAPEL — With its two best players more than 2,200 miles away, defending state champion Wiregrass Ranch went into its region semifinal against Venice on Tuesday with no margin for error. “We knew coming in we had to win No. 2, 3 and 4 singles and No. 2 doubles,” ...
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    Tue. April 07, 2015 at 10:25 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis roundup: King boys win a nail-biter

    TAMPA — The King girls and boys teams swept the Class 3A, District 8 tennis championships Thursday at Hillsborough Community College. And what the girls competition lacked in drama, the boys more than made up for in the days' final two matches. Holding a one-point lead over Hillsborough and pitted ...
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    Thu. April 02, 2015 at 8:12 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis: Hudson boys on top, rest of 2A-8 up in air

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Two days wasn’t enough to settle very much at the at Class 2A, District 8 tennis championships at River Ridge. Hudson captured the boys championship with 14 points behind singles titles from Kevin Waitkevich (No. 2) and Mitchell Ingersoll (No. 5). But the runnerup spot will ...
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    Wed. April 01, 2015 at 6:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • District tennis roundup: Steinbrenner boys nab first title

    TAMPA — Steinbrenner’s John Pfingsten hasn’t been around long enough to know the history of the Class 4A-7 district championships held at Hunter’s Green, but he changed it with a finishing overhand smash. The Warrior freshman delivered the final point of the tournament right down the middle Tuesday afternoon, putting ...
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    Tue. March 31, 2015 at 9:33 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals

    Saladino Baseball Tournament: Strawberry Crest, Jesuit win early quarterfinals TAMPA – The early quarterfinal games at the 35th annual Saladino Tournament featured a pair of pitchers who started games at the state final four last season. But the star of the afternoon at Brandon High turned out to be a pitcher who didn't even get out of the first ...
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    Wed. March 11, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 3 at Brandon

    At Brandon Scores Hillsborough 13, East Bay 6 Riverview 12, Gaither 4 Leto 15, Blake 1 (five innings) Brandon 5, Wharton 4 Pitchers of the day Brandon's Jack Hubbard pitched four innings, allowed two hits and struck out three, but the Eagle bullpen couldn't hold a lead for him. ...Riverview ...
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    Tue. March 10, 2015 at 11:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Saladino Baseball Tournament: Day 2 at University of Tampa

    At University of Tampa Scores Tampa Bay Tech 6, King 3 (nine innings) Alonso 2, Plant City 1 (nine innings) Durant 11, Middleton 1 (six innings) Plant 3, Chamberlain 0 Pitchers of the day Alonso's Jordan Butler and Plant City's Ryan Boyd dueled for five scoreless innings Monday afternoon. Butler, ...
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    Mon. March 09, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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